COVID-19 Guidelines and Policies

To help faculty and students manage the University's response to COVID-19, guidelines and policies have been compiled below. These will be updated as the situation evolves and new information becomes available.



In response to the recent announcement by Governor Tom Wolf that all non-life-sustaining businesses will close, Penn will be closing campus to all those in non-life sustaining positions.  Students should not visit campus for any reason. 



The University strongly encourages all meetings - including Thesis Committee Meetings - to be held virtually whenever possible.  If a meeting must be held in-person, attendance should be limited to 10 people, per Penn and federal guidelines.  All other university activities and courses will be held online until further notice.  



The University has banned all university-related travel for all employees and visitors with NO exceptions.  The ban will be in effect at least until April 17th.


Thesis/Dissertation Defenses

BGS anticipates that all thesis defenses will be held virtually through BlueJeans for the foreseeable future.  Arrangements are being made with Media Technology and Space Planning so that Media Technology will be available during defenses to help moderate and assist with the technology.  More information will be made available to the committee and defending student two weeks from the date of the defense. 

Physical thesis deposits are postponed until further notice.  Electronic deposits will still take place, and e-signatures will be permitted for all thesis forms. 


Commencement and University Events

The University has made the decision to conduct Commencement in a virtual format. The BGS graduation ceremony may also be conducted virtually, or delayed until a later date. 

All other spring events hosted by the university have been cancelled. 



For the foreseeable future, courses will be taught virtually using the resources PSOM has made available.  Both Phd students and MS students have the option to be graded on a P/F basis.   


Additional resources can be found below. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Eli Elliott.